All About Wild Ramps
Spring is a great time of year. Trout fishing starts getting into full swing, turkey season kicks off in a few weeks and foraging opportunities begin to sprout up at every turn.
After some early spring warm weather last week, our hopes were high to start yet another picking adventure last weekend. The warm spell of last week was fortunately, a good sign as we can report that ramp season is officially underway.
Similar in smell to onions, ramps represent another one of the early signs that warmer weather has arrived to stay. As an early spring ephemeral, they conclude the majority of their growth before the leaves of canopy trees have formed and shaded out the forest floor. They’re usually gone or inedible by early summer.
Here’s something important to remember: whether you harvest ramps yourself or purchase them from foragers or produce companies, make sure that they are harvested responsibly. Don’t buy from unscrupulous ramp harvesters who over-pick ramp patches, damaging pristine and productive wild habitats that may take many years to recover. If you harvest your own ramps, don’t pick more than 10% to 20% of a thriving patch, leaving plenty behind to reproduce, guaranteeing sustainable harvests for generations to come.
Everything You Need to Know About Ramps | Epicurious
The Complete Guide to Ramps: How to Find and Eat the Wild Leek | MeatEater Cook (themeateater.com)
How to Sustainably Harvest Ramps | Serious Eats